Fire and rescue department receives award

The Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Department was awarded the Outstanding Emergency Medical Services Agency Award on June 18 by the Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services Council.

The award is in recognition of the department’s work with cardiac arrest patients, including 10 patients during 2014 who received advanced cardiac resuscitation, according to a news release.

On April 17, 2014, two separate cardiac incidents involving different patients occurred on the same road near Woodstock within a few miles of each other. Fire and rescue personnel, according to the release, used CPR and defibrillation as well as other patient care protocols. Both patients returned home from the hospital to lead normal lives, the release states.

Bill Streett, deputy chief of training, stated no EMS call is routine.

“Cardiac calls in particular can be very physically and mentally demanding on the providers rendering aid. We are certainly honored to be recognized for doing what we are called to do and glad we played a part in giving those in need a second chance,” he said.